Written by April Reinhardt (last updated March 23, 2022)
If you've considered all factors and have decided to do it yourself instead of hiring movers for moving day, then you've probably chosen the size of truck you will need. If not, take a complete inventory of your household items including furniture, appliances, garage items, and packed boxes, and then allow extra room for things you may have forgotten about. The night before you move, or very early the day of your move, bring the moving truck home, making sure it contains furniture pads and two-wheeled dollies, and follow these guidelines when you pack it:
Take down your curtains and drapes, fold them, and put them into a large trash bag. Put your curtain rods into a large hamper or trashcan, and then place the bag of curtains inside to pack it tightly. Use bedding and pillows as cushioning for furniture on the truck.
If you're moving a short distance, put all of your refrigerated and frozen foods into a large trash bag, inside of a trash can, and tape the lid shut. Unpack the food as soon as possible into your refrigerator and freezer.
Take dresser drawers out of the dresser before you move it onto the truck, and then put them back into the dresser and tape them shut with painter's tape. Make sure that you pad wood furniture very well, to ensure against damage.
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